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Brewed by Brasserie de la Senne
Style: Belgian Ale
Brussels, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1024   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Taras Boulba is the perfect session beer loaded with complex yeast flavors, hopped to perfection, and as drinkable as any beer youve ever tried. At 4.5% alcohol, its built for drinkability we suggest buying it by the case.

Youre no doubt wondering where the name comes from and what the hell the foreign text says. Its all been explained to us by the brewers, but were still not entirely clear about it. What we can understand is that a young Flemish man has gone and married a French-speaking Wallonian girl, and his father, Taras Boulba, is very angry. (Smeirlap means fool in a bizarre local dialect, which combines Flemish and French, somehow.)

This is all a bastardization of the original story by Gogol, whose protagonist was Ukrainian (Zaporozhian Cossack, specifically), and a Protestant. His son marries a Polish girl, a Catholic, during the religious war between the two countries in the 1600s, and the Ukrainian father simply kills his son to eliminate the shame.

Packaging: 330ml bottles; 6/750ml cork-finished champagne bottles, 30L kegs

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 33cl Bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a small quickly disappearing head. Nose is grassy, citrus and hops. Tastes spicy, malty but overall very refreshing. Good thirst quenching beer for a hot summer day and very tasty given its 4.5 ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DesEsseintes (18) - ITALY - AUG 10, 2010
Nice comic-like label of a robust man holding a barrel above his head seemingly wanting to throw it to a respectable old guy sitting on the ground and trying to recriminate; the aggressor shouts "Smeirlap!" (which Im told means "fool" in some Belgian dialect). On the background, a circus tent, a Luna Park wheel and a cathedral or something like that but with some stability problems. Pours hazy clear gold with consistent but fizzy head, aroma is very hoppy and citrusy, fresh and unbalanced; flavor follows the same notes with a very dry finish cleaning your mouth to the next sip. A rather unrefined light and fresh ale, good for the summer, but a "easy" drink of terrific quality, well akin to the taste and mind of the inventor of XX Bitter, even if a completely different beast; Id pair this with small fried fishes as a seaside aperitif in a hot country like Greece or Spain. Definitely not for the evening, unless its terribly hot or youre awfully thirsty. Pretty, maybe not impressive, but still a very good "extra hoppy" ale. Tasted bottle 33cl (a pair of them, actually), at home.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20528) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2010
Tap at Mugs in Brooklyn. I started my night with this - great choice. This beer is highly drinkable and fairly light, though not lacking in flavor. Pours a light yellow with modest haze and a moderate white head. Holds a very floral aroma with some nice bready malts. Flavor has a nice sweetness to it, along with wheat and citrus notes. Some faint bitterness meanders. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes clean and smooth. Very good and refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MPA (997) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 28, 2010
Bottle. Almost clear golden with nice white head. Earthy aroma with yeast, lemon and a hint of spruce. Fruity flavour at first which turns into spicy, earthy notes, spring water and in the end a medium bitter finish to top it of. Nothing wild about this one, but it is a decent purchase if priced as an affordable session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Clear golden small head... licorice, spicy, a touch malty... quite spicy, somewhat thin, very different, peppery??? Belgian yeast is present, very interesting... somewhat thin, dry finish...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5535) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Hazy straw yellow pour, fluffy white head. Earthy malts, grass, bitter hops, light fruit sweetness, and herbal. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7470) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2010
Medium lasting white head leaves lacing on the glass. Hazy yellow body. Fruity peachy spicy aroma with resiny citric hoppy notes. Dry-bitter resiny citric peppery taste with chalky honey notes. Mild mouthfeel. Light body. Dry spicy resiny citric aftertaste with floral ashy notes. Good, but perhaps a little too bitter for something so delicate. (0.5l draft at Brasserie Erasmus, Bruges.)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7919) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle with a best before of 11/02/12. Pours with a hazed golden body and a large white head. Great lace. Aroma of lemon, herbal hops, spicy, grassy, dry toast and light leather. Taste is dry, bitter, grainy, leather, earth, and herbal. Strong leather/earthy aftertaste. High carbonation. Light body, dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle. Hazy gold straw color, some debris suspended, with a small light beige head. This smells like a pilsner. Wheat, yeast, candi sugar, slight spices, and orange. Light citrus and grassy hops are present. Flavor is soft sweet Belgian yeast and sugar and roasty malt. This is pilsner-esque to me, with perhaps a slight increase in citrusy hop presence. Very refreshing, however. This isnt what I expected (I was thinking Belgian IPA), but its still good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - JUL 6, 2010
Bevuta all Irish pub di Quinto (GE). Color giallo paglierino, schiuma solida e persistente, carica di luppolo, bevibilissima.


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